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‘Liberty's Fire - bringing history alive for the next generation’ with Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson
Wednesday 20th May, 7pm
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‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ with Lara Pawson, John Game, Joana Ramiro, and Gika Tetembwa 
Wednesday 27th May, 7pm
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‘The Racket:  A rogue reporter vs the masters of the universe’ with Matt Kennard
Wednesday 3rd June, 7pm
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‘Here We Stand : Women Changing the World’ with Helena Earnshaw, Angharad Penrhyn Jones, Shauneen Lambe and Helen Steel
Wednesday 10th June, 7pm
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‘Getting By: Estates, class and culture in austerity Britain’ with Lisa Mckenzie
Wednesday 17th June, 7pm
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‘Considering Gramsci’ with Andrew Pearmain and Derek Boothman 
Friday 19th June, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

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BOOK TALK

 ‘Liberty's Fire - bringing history alive for the next generation’
with Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson
Wednesday 20th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

 

We are delighted to welcome authors Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson to discuss writing progressive historical fiction for young adults. Lydia will be launch her latest book ‘Liberty's Fire’, which is set at the time of the Paris Commune, and Catherine Johnson has just finished writing a book set during the French Revolution which will be published later in the year.


BOOK TALK

 ‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ with Lara Pawson, John Game, Joana Ramiro, and Gika Tetembwa
Wednesday 27th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Our panel discuss Angola’s intra-left massacre of 27 May 1977, and its continuing political repercussions, a subject explored expertly in Pawson’s highly celebrated recent book.


Chair, Joana Ramiro: Morning Star reporter, who – as a Portuguese citizen with an Angolan father – has travelled widely in Angola.

John Game: a Socialist and independent scholar interested in class and identity in the global south with particular reference to western India. He is hoping to submit his thesis soon.

Gika Tetembwa: a global politics student at Birkbeck College and activist, who was born in, and grew up in Angola.

Lara Pawson: author of ‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’

‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ tells a fascinating story about one of the most important political moments in Angola’s contemporary history, the 27 May 1977. For some, that was the day the ruling MPLA party turned on dissidents and launched a drawn-out massacre, with the help of the Cuban army, that would claim thousands of lives; for others, it was the day a band of far left, anti-mestiço and anti-white racists violently tried to conduct a coup against Agostinho Neto’s government. Lara Pawson lived and worked in Angola as the BBC correspondent from 1998-2000, when she learned about the uprising and its consequences.

This book follows her investigation to dig up the truth of what really happened on the 27 May, to try to understand why certain British Marxists helped cover up the killings, and how the events of 1977 continue to influence politics in Angola to this day.


‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ has been shortlisted for the Political Book Awards Debut Political Book of the Year 2015, was runner-up in the Royal Africa Society book of the year 2014, was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2015 and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2015.


‘With unflagging intelligence, fearlessness, and compassion, Pawson unfolds the human and political dimensions of this forgotten atrocity. She has done Angola a great service in writing this book, and all of us, Angolan or otherwise, do ourselves a great service in reading it.’ Teju Cole, author of Open City


‘Pawson brings her sources to life like a novelist; her meetings are vivid and convincing. A simple, direct clarity of vision is brought to bear, and the reader begins to make some sense of the conspiracies and sub-conspiracies that led to the vinte-sete. By the end, Angola – along with some of its layered political complexity – is raw, vital, brutal and alive in front of us.’ M. John Harrison, author of Climbers

Housmans will have copies of the book available at a specially discounted price of £15 (usual price £20).

BOOK LAUNCH

 ‘The Racket:  A rogue reporter vs the masters of the universe’

with Matt Kennard

Wednesday 3rd June, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Matt Kennard gives a no holds barred political tour through the power elites’ secret corruption, tyranny, destitution, robbery, mass murder and censorship.

While working at the Financial Times, investigative journalist Matt Kennard uncovered a scam - a deception and rip-off of immense proportions.

From slanging matches with Henry Kissinger to afternoon coffees with the man who captured Che Guevara, Kennard’s unbridled access over four years to the crème de la crème of the global elite left him with only one conclusion. The world as we know it is run by a squad of cigar-smoking men with big guns, big cash and a reach much too close to home.

But, through encounters with high-profile opponents of the racket, Kennard shows that human decency remains. Now it’s time for the world’s citizens to also uncover the racket.

Reviews

'Matt Kennard threw away a cushy career with an establishment newspaper just to let you in on a secret: you don't get the story, you get the cover-up. From Honduras to Haiti to Washington to London, Kennard lets us in on the details of buried truth.'
Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

'In this important book, Kennard explores the direct impacts of militarized, globalized American capitalism on some of the most battered parts of our world. With devastating precision and a formidable sense of urgency, he reports on corporate shock doctors in Haiti, imperialist drug warriors in Honduras, pillaging coal and mining giants in southern Africa and Appalachia -- and so much more. Most importantly, he never loses sight of the growing numbers of resistors holding on to their creativity and self-determination in the face of these forces.'
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

'A brilliant atlas of what Kennard calls 'heavy history' - the hurricane-like path of global destruction wrought by neoliberalism and wars against the poor.'
Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire

'Matt Kennard's perceptive direct reporting and analysis of policy aim to expose 'the racket' that dominates much of global society and to 'blow their cover'. His in-depth studies, ranging from Haiti to Palestine to Bolivia to Honduras to the destitute in New York City and far more, bring home in vivid and illuminating detail the reality of life and struggles of much of the world's population, their defeats and victories, their suffering and vitality and hope.'
Noam Chomsky, author of Hegemony or Survival and Failed States

'Matt Kennard's The Racket is a powerful tool for self-education: it offers essential information about the insatiable and sordid nature of global, elitist, exploitive, profit-blinded governments and institutions that have, together, perfected the task of making billions of people miserable, poor and fatally unhappy. It also offers testimony from activists and artists who are not giving in, giving up, or lying down.'
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple

BOOK TALK
‘Here We Stand : Women Changing the World’
with Helena Earnshaw, Angharad Penrhyn Jones,

Shauneen Lambe and Helen Steel
Wednesday 10th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Our guests present this unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they were changed by the process of changing the world. The book has just won the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2015.
 
‘Here We Stand : Women Changing the World’ (Honno Press, 2014) is a fascinating and unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they were changed by the process of changing the world.

Through a series of interviews and articles, 17 key British women campaigners talk intimately about the difficult and exhilarating nature of their work.

These women are dreaming of a better world. But they are not just dreamers. They have organised, marched on the streets, joined protest camps, opened refuges, logged from war zones, and smashed up military equipment. They have gone undercover, lived in trees, stormed Parliament, and taken on the world's largest corporations. They have been sacked, attacked, psychologically abused, jailed, shot at, sued, deceived by police spies, and even disowned by their families. But still they keep dreaming; still they march on. And they are changing history.

To discuss the collection we welcome the books editors, Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones, alongside contributor and campaigner Helen Steel.

About the speakers

Angharad Penrhyn Jones is a campaigner, writer, and BAFTA-award-winning filmmaker.

Helena Earnshaw was an editor at OneWorld.net, wrote for Big Issue Cymru and was involved in McSpotlight and other campaigns.

Shauneen Lambe is founder and co-director of Just For Kids Law. In 2010, Shauneen was chosen as a World Economic Forum 'Young Global Leader', and in June 2011 was made a Shackleton Fellow. In 2013 she was shortlisted for Liberty's Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award.

Helen Steel was one of the ‘McLibel Two’, who took on the might of McDonalds in what became the longest-running legal case in English history, and for the most part won. She is also involved in the campaign group Police Spies Out of Lives.

BOOK TALK
‘Getting By: Estates, class and culture in austerity Britain’
with Lisa Mckenzie
Wednesday 17th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Fresh from her standing as candidate for Class War in the general election Lisa Mckenzie joins us to discuss her book which looks at the positive aspects of estate life, despite the many hardships.

While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This unique book redresses the balance. Lisa Mckenzie lived on the St Ann ’s estate in Nottingham for more than 20 years. Her ‘insider’ status enables us to hear the stories of its residents, often wary of outsiders. St Ann's has been stigmatised as a place where gangs, guns, drugs, single mothers and those unwilling or unable to make something of their lives reside. Yet in this same community we find strong, resourceful, ambitious people who are 'getting by', often with humour and despite facing brutal austerity.

About the author

Lisa Mckenzie is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, working on issues of social inequality and class stratification through ethnographic research. Lisa brings an unusual and innovative approach to research by means of her extensive experience of bringing the academic world and local community together.

BOOK TALK

‘Considering Gramsci’
with Andrew Pearmain and Derek Boothman
Friday 19th June, 7pm


As an extenstion of the Gramsci Conference taking place at Kings College on 18th/19th June, we welcome Andrew Pearmain to discuss his latest book ‘Gramsci in Love’ (Top Hat Books, 2015) and Derek Boothman, editor and translator of ‘A Great and Terrible World: The Pre-Prison Letters (1908-1926) of Antonio Gramsci’ (Lawrence & Wishart, 2014)

‘Gramsci in Love’ is a fictional account of the love life of the famous Italian communist leader Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), focusing on his curious relationships with the three Schucht sisters, Evgenia, Tatiana and his wife Julia. It is set against the background of the Soviet Revolution and the Fascist takeover in Italy.

‘A Great and Terrible World: The Pre-Prison Letters (1908-1926) of Antonio Gramsci’ compiles letters by Antonio Gramsci which vividly evoke the ‘great and terrible world’ in which he lived, a description he used a number of times in his correspondences. The letters show Gramsci beginning to form the theoretical concepts that come to fuller fruition in the Prison Notebooks, but they also give an essential and rounded picture of Gramsci’s development, politically, intellectually and emotionally – the latter especially through letters to his family and wife.

‘This collection of Gramsci's early correspondence provides new insight into his life and work. Through these letters, we follow the development of Gramsci's own thought and his involvement with the international communist movement. This book will prove an indispensable resource, not only to Gramsci scholars, but to anyone interested in the history of the left more widely.’ Mark Fisher

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